Greetings, dear readers
Many find them alarming to look at, particularly those that have no idea as to what they might be. Some pay to have them surgically removed for cosmetic reasons. Others are forced to seek treatment due to the development of health complications. Despite being associated with old age, varicose veins are just as likely to occur as a result of inactivity and obesity. By knowing what causes them to form, it is possible to identify varicose veins and reduce the risk of developing them later on in life. To do so, a basic understanding of the circulatory system is necessary.
When the heart beats, it pumps blood out through the arteries that extend to the rest of the body, including the limbs. The cells then make use of nutrients and oxygen brought by blood cells and off load cellular waste onto them before they are transported back to the heart via the veins. The pressure behind the blood, caused by the heart clenching, lessens as blood cells reach the veins and fight against gravity to return to the heart. Due to this, blood found in the veins or venous blood often moves slower and tends to flow backwards instead of forwards, leading to what has been medically identified as retrograde flow or venous reflux. Unlike arteries, veins need small valves to prevent this from happening. These valves, found at intervals along the length of a vein, only open to allow blood flow towards the heart and stop it from going the opposite way.
Varicose veins occur when some of these valves weaken and stop functioning properly, a health issue also known as valvular incompetence. Venous reflux can cause blood to gather in certain sections of the vein, usually in between faulty valves and those that function. The significant amount of amassed blood can stretch the walls of the vein and make them appear swollen and enlarged beneath the skin. Varicose veins often occur in superficial veins, which are closer to the surface of the skin, rather than deep veins, due to the high pressure placed upon them while a person is standing. Once they start walking, deep veins in the leg are squeezed by the muscles around them, therefore reducing the possibility of venous reflux further.
People with varicose veins tend to notice lumpy, bulging, discoloured, thread-like or twisted veins on the back of their calves or along the inner side of their legs, which range from dark blue and green to purple and red in colour. Though normally painless, there are a few symptoms commonly associated with varicose veins, such as:
- pain, muscle cramps or mild discomfort in the legs
- heavy, aching, burning, swollen or throbbing legs
- dry, itchy or thin skin over the affected vein
Varicose veins are divided into several categories, normally according to the size and placement of the vein that has been affected. Trunk, reticular and telangiectasia, also known as thread or spider veins, are all different types of varicose veins. Although often located in the legs, they can occur in other parts of the body such as the oesophagus, uterus, pelvis and rectum. Warm weather or long periods of standing still can worsen varicose veins whereas walking around or resting with elevated legs can improve them.
After taking the aforementioned information into consideration, it may be easier to understand why Hijama cannot be used to get rid of varicose veins or reverse their appearance. In fact, we believe that performing Hijama upon varicose veins is dangerous, due to the increased pressure it places upon vein walls that have already started to lose their elasticity. The negative pressure applied by the pump during a Hijama treatment, along with the internal pressure of accumulated blood, could cause the vein to rupture. Ruptured veins can lead severe and potentially fatal blood loss, which would put the patient’s life at risk unnecessarily.
Though it may be hazardous to place cups directly onto them, at Pure Therapy Clinic we believe it is possible to improve an individual’s blood circulation by treating their systemic points, thus reducing the risk of developing more varicose veins. In addition to this, cups can be placed close to the veins to treat any resulting symptoms, such as heaviness and pain in the lower legs.
We hope that this information has benefitted you, our dear readers, and we would love to hear from you. Comments, questions and weekly topic suggestions are always welcomed and greatly appreciated.
Thank you for reading!
The Pure Therapy Team